Member since 2013

Tammi Davis was elected to the Board of Education in 2013. She currently serves as the Board Presdent. Ms. Davis has three adult children who attended and graduated from Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 and a granddaughter who attends Mohawk Primary Center. Ms. Davis is a registered nurse and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Ms. Davis is very active in the community and enjoys spending quality time with her family.  Completed Open Meetings Act and Performance Evaluation Reform Training  (05/31/13).

A. McCray


Member since 2013

A resident of Park Forest since 2004, Allison R. McCray is married and the mother of three children. All of her children attend(ed) SD163 Schools. An employee of AT&T for 10 years, Mrs. McCray left her position in 2008. She has dedicated much of her free time to School District 163. She has served as the PTO treasurer and PTO president at Mohawk Intermediate Center and was a member of Forest Trail School’s PTO 2008-2013. Mrs. McCray also volunteered at Thorncreek Nature Center in Park Forest 2012-2017. She attended the Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy class of 2017 and was appointed to the Cable Commission in 2019. While working part-time at Hallmark Greeting Cards, Mrs. McCray earned degrees in business and liberal arts from DePaul University in spring 2016. She currently works as a Social Media/Marketing Specialist. Mrs. McCray was elected to the Board in 2013. She was elected vice president of the Board in 2015, completed Open Meetings Act, Performance Evaluation Reform Training (06/14/2013), holds the status of Master Board Member Maintained and has been elected by the Board to be the delegate at the IASB Delegate Assembly since 2013. She also acts as the SCOPE liaison for the Board and is on the SCOPE subcommittee for Social Injustice & Racial Disparities. Mrs. McCray was elected as a Director-At-Large for the IASB South Cook Division in 2019. 


 Member since 2015

Judy Hawthorne was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. She currently serves as the Board Secretary. Ms. Hawthorne is a lifelong Park Forest-Chicago Heights resident, a product of District 163 schools, and a graduate of Rich East High School. Ms. Hawthorne has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1996. Ms. Hawthorne is a proud parent of four District 163 honor students. Having children in District 163 schools makes the success and continued improvement of our school district important and personal for her. Ms. Hawthorne has a lifelong vested interest in the District 163 community, all of our local children, the future of our  communities, and in making the best decisions for all stakeholders. Ms. Hawthorne believes the children truly are our future and is privileged to serve as a School District 163 Board member promoting a quality education. Completed Open Meetings Act and Performance Evaluation Reform Training (06/19/2015). Master Board Level 1.


Member since 2019

Christina Dupee was elected to the Board of Education in 2019 and currently serves as Assistant Board Secretary and district representative for the SPEED governing board. She is a resident of Park Forest and married mother of 3 young children, all of whom attend District 163 schools. Mrs. Dupee earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Chicago which focused on Sociology, Law, and Humanities, a Master of Teaching degree from National-Louis University, and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University focusing on Nonprofit Administration and Political Science. Mrs. Dupee is currently writing the dissertation for her Doctor of Education in Higher Education degree at Roosevelt University. Mrs. Dupee’s teaching experience spans every grade level from pre-K to 4-year undergraduate college level. She believes that every student is capable of greatness and believes that children are our community’s most precious asset. Completed Open Meetings Act and Performance Evaluation Reform Training  (06/14/2019).

Lance L Jefferson


Member since 2017

Lance L. Jefferson, is a resident of Park Forest. He is the father of one child, Lance C. Jefferson. He currently serves as Bishop and Secretary-General of the All Nations Covenant Assemblies, Past Master of the St. James Lodge #355 A & A. F. M., Grand Master of Masons of the Most Worshipful United Grand Lodge A & A. F. M and Campus Vice-President of the Classified Staff Union. He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Association of School Boards South Cook Division and Past Board President of the Ford Heights Community Youth Committee. Mr. Jefferson received his formal education in the Ford Heights and Harvey School Districts, Thornton Township High School, Prairie State College and Trinity International University. Mr. Jefferson is employed with the Rich Township High Schools District 227 as Student Affairs Liaison and is a Volunteer Captain of the Ford Heights Fire Department. He is a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ Cathedral where he serves as Church Administrator. Completed Open Meetings Act and Performance Evaluation Reform Training (11/18/2016). Master Board Level 1.


Member since 1995

A long-time resident of Park Forest, Margaret McDannel has served on the Board of Education since 1995. During her tenure she has served as the Board president, vice president and secretary. Currently, she is the chair of the Finance Committee. Mrs. McDannel holds Master Board Member status. Completed Open Meetings Act (06/14/13) and Performance Evaluation Reform Training  (04/04/12).


Member since 2019

Completed Open Meetings Act and Performance Evaluation Reform Training (06/17/2019).

Each Illinois school board member who is elected or appointed to fill a vacancy of at least one year's duration must receive professional development leadership training (PDLT) and (P.A. 97-8), the Open Meetings Act (OMA) training. Mandatory training is also required upon Performance Evaluation Reform Act implementation in each school district.